Things are getting a little more cleared up in regards to the upcoming Rob VS. Russell season of Survivor which is set to air in February. Originally it was thought that both guys would serve as "coaches" or "mentors" to their respective tribes and thus be granted immunity until the merge where they than are free game. Despite the seemingly absurd bending of the rules, most in the media accepted this as the likely setup. However the last few days have given confirmation to the notion that Rob and Russell DO NOT have this immunity at all and that they are fair game right off the bat like everyone else. Making more sense of this is the fact that the season is going to be called Redemption Island where those who get kicked off have a chance to get back into the game. Thus Rob or Russell can return even if they get the boot. This saves their presence in the game in the process and ensures that the whole concept wont get blown up if one or both get kicked out early.
Analysis: There is a whole hell of a lot coming out on this lately but its good to finally get some clairity on the setup. The idea of them being immune to the merge was a joke from the beginning and something that just couldnt fly as it would defeat the whole concept of the game. I like the fact both will have to bust it like everyone else to get where they want to go.